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Superb fireworks, stunning decorations with colorful candles and diyas, “Rangolis”, luxurious spread of delicious elegances and family gatherings along with Maa Laxmi and Maa Kali worship are some mega highlights of the popular Hindu festival- Diwali.
This fortunate festival marks the victory of good over evil. According to mythology, Diwali was witnessed on the day when Lord Rama completed his fourteen years of outcast (Ban-Was) and returned back to Ayodhya. The festival commences with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year and worship of goddess Lakshmi. Diwali is widely celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor throughout India and countries with large Indian communities like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. This year Diwali & Kali Puja will be celebrated on 3rd November.
This year our lovely city Siliguri have geared up to celebrate Diwali and Kali puja in a grand way and the under safety precaution. The craftsmen are ready with the stock of colorful diyas, and mud crafts for this Diwali season. Whole market is decorated with colorful lightings and décor-items. Like every year Chinese decoration lights have ruled the market and sweet parlor are ready with the sweets. Flower sellers on the same time have geared-up to deliver the on demanded quantity of flowers and banana trees during Diwali. At Siliguri there is a huge demand of flowers and banana trees during Diwali which the flower dealer have to fulfill.
The main attraction during Diwali at Siliguri is the Khalpara-Naya Bazaar, Punjabi Para, Hill Cart Road, Sevoke Road, etc. which are fully decorated with lights, and colorful decoration items.
On the other hand, Siliguri Police have issued a circular starting all firecracker outlets to operate their outlets at open space which is adjacent to Police Commissionerate Office in Mallagri.
According to the circular, this year onwards no fire crackers will be allowed to be sold in markets and crowded areas which is applicable during Diwali also.
Deputy Commissioner of Police OG Pal said, there are many trader selling firecrackers without taking permission from the government at crowded places such as Mahabirsthan, Bidhan Market, etc and also at many Para areas which can lead to accidents. Moreover, they sell banned firecrackers openly which is illegal.
This year all the stalls selling firecrackers are shifted to the open space which is adjacent to Police Commissionerate Office in Mallagri from Monday.Hope this year’s Diwali will be low risky and free from illegal fire-crackers.
The Kali Puja is also celebrated on the same day at mid-night which remains for next day too. Several Kali Puja committees in the town are now busy in taking preparations with a view to draw as many as crowd as possible on the occasion. Like Durga Puja, Kali puja is also celebrated in broad way at Siliguri. This year in total 350 Kali Puja is going to be organized at Siliguri. In Siliguri Kali is worshipped in twice the number of places her illustrious incarnation is, and the administration is doing all it can to ensure a hassle-free festival of lights.